Joe Coyle the “Stari Roker”.
I’m not sure how many fellow “Brits” have fallen in love with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I know a lot have fallen for the beautiful girls from the country, but for the country itself?
Not too many I would think.
For those that do however, I suppose that creates somewhat of an exclusive club?
Although no such club exists (or at least I think it doesn’t exist), a guaranteed member would be the “stari roker” that is Joe Coyle.
I first met Joe some 15 years ago and was impressed with his absolute love for both music and this area.
Joe has anything but a boring life having moved around the world, but he always gets back to Banja Luka.
Joe recently got in touch with the Banja Luka Blog to tell me about a special “one off” Christmas track he’s released and the new album and how he’s recorded some of the tracks in the local language.
“I had the idea to record a Christmas song some time ago and finally got round to completing it in October of this year”.
“I wrote an English version initially, but decided as I was releasing a new album for the Bosnian market I recorded a Bosnian version. And as I was not going to be in Bosnia until 2017 to promote the album this is an ideal opportunity to pass on my “Hello’s” to my fans.”
“The songs will be one offs, and I am not putting them on the album”.
So, what’s in the new album?
Title: “Lacu Noc” (Miracle Records) 2016
“The new album is made up of 10 original songs, co written with several Bosnian musicians. And an old sparring partner: Jim Lynch from Glasgow.
1. “Down by the river to the sea” By: Joe Coyle & Arsen Carkic
2. “Indian Man” By: Joe Coyle & Boris Glisic
3. “No Reflection: By: Joe Coyle & Boris Glisic
4. “The Dealer always wins” By: Joe Coyle & James Lynch
5. “Let me come down”: By: Joe Coyle & James Lynch
6. “Everything I have to give”: By: Joe Coyle & Aleksander.Vlajsavljević
7. “Banja Luka” By: Joe Coyle & James Lynch
8. “Lacu noc” (moj ljubavi) By: Joe Coyle & James Lynch
9. “Cesarica” By: Gibonni (Courtesy of Croatia Records)
10. “Taxi drivers son” By: Joe Coyle & James Lynch
11. “Country Boy” By: Joe Coyle & James Lynch
12. Znaš Li By: Draženka Jovacin
“As you can see I am including 2 Cover versions: “Znaš Li” By: Prijedor Musician Draženka Jovacin (Which originally was to go on my first album “ Christmas in Baghdad” but never made the final cut at the time 2004)”.
“I am also covering Gibonni’s “Cesarica”, which is a Balkans classic made famous by Oliver Dragojevic, but with the Joe Coyle twist to it 🙂
“So the album will have English and Balkan vocals on it”.
“The album is a a mix of Pop rock ballads, and a bit of reggae for good measure”.